Common Eye Concerns (computers, cell phones, & video games)

Eye testThe modern day electronic gadgets like laptops, cell phones, hand held computer games, TV, directly affect the vision. The electronic screen content requires more optical focus and makes the eye work harder to view data. The complex of eye and vision problems related to computer use has been termed “computer vision syndrome”.

Electronic gadgetshave ultra violet rays which are harmful to the eyes. Working continuously on electronic gadgets can lead to a variety of vision ailments like eye strain, redness, and blurred vision, dry and irritated eyes. Vision problems are generally caused due to improper viewing habits, improper workstation set up, dirty screens, and improper viewing angles.

Children play hand held video games for long periods of time without giving their eyes a break. Straining the eyes continuously on the small screen of the video games for a lengthy period of time can result in trouble with focusing on objects at different distances and eye irritation. To prevent eye problems in the future video game play should be monitored and allowed only for short periods of time.

Watching TV for at lengthy intervals can cause dry eyes or tired eyes. Working on the computer and laptops has changed the nature of our work and play over the past 3 decades. Today’s youth are using cell phones for text messaging, watching movies, browsing the internet or playing games more than just making and receiving calls.

Studies suggest that staring at the small hand held screens for a longer duration of time may be a contributing factor to visual fatigue. Most people use their phones four inches closer than normal reading distance causing problems with eye sight. Increasing the font size on the smart phone and holding the device further away (at least 10- 12 inches) will help your eyes to focus better and reduce strain. Follow the 20- 20 rule i.e. take a break every 20 minutes and focus on the area about 20 feet away for 20 seconds to give your eyes a rest.  Blink your eyes for at least 10 times after every 20 minutes of working on a gadget.

Antioxidants, such as lutein and zeaxanthin may support eye health. Other supplements to consider are selenium, beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, and zinc.  Omega 3 fatty acids may help reduce surface inflammation and irritation and reduce symptoms of dry eyes.

The modern electronic gadget is helpful if used in the right manner. It is imperative for every individual using the hi-tech gadgets make sure that the eyes are rested and properly cared for to decrease the risk of vision problems. If you experience any vision problems or discomfort, talk to your eye care professional.

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